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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:55

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence addressing the controversy over how a voter targeting firm harvested the personal data of some 50 million users. He acknowledged the company made mistakes.

Professional Sports Leagues Go Head-To-Head With New Tax Code

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:53

The change of a single word in the 2017 tax overhaul means professional sports franchises could take a big tax hit each time they trade a player.

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More Details Emerge About Austin Bomber

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:43

Details are beginning to emerge about the Austin bombing suspect. Reporter Courtney Collins from member station KERA speaks with Jeremiah Jensen, one of Mark Anthony Conditt's hometown friends.

Zuckerberg Breaks Silence, Promises To Protect Facebook Community

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:34

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted his first response to the controversy surrounding allegations that Cambridge Analytica exploited users' data without their knowledge.

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Federal Judge Expected To Rule In Kansas Voter Registration Lawsuit This Fall

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

The trial has ended in the lawsuit alleging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's requirements for registering to vote in his state are unreasonable, as has a hearing to determine if Kobach was in contempt of court. A federal judge will rule on the suit this fall.

U.S. Security Officials Uncertain Of How To Address Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

The U.S. is warning against Russian cyber attacks targeting the energy grid and infrastructure as President Trump congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection. Many wonder what the Trump administration is doing to keep Americans safe from these potential attacks.

American Business Leaders In China Concerned About Trump's Trade Actions

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

U.S. businesses in China have had their intellectual property stolen, technology 'transferred' and some have had data taken from them by China's government. But many U.S. business leaders say the trade actions President Trump is proposing against China may end up hurting the U.S. economy.

Congress Passes Legislation To Curb Online Sex Trafficking Of Children

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

Congress has overwhelming passed legislation meant to curb online sex trafficking of children. This means a first major change in years to a key legal shield used by Internet companies to avoid liability for what people say and do online.

Former 'Apprentice' Contestant Will Proceed With Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

A New York judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges the president sexually assaulted and defamed her can go forward. On another front, a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump is suing to be released from a legal agreement requiring her silence.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Weighs In On How Congress Could Regulate Facebook

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

Congressional staffers are slated to meet with Facebook officials this week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and a member of the Commerce and Judiciary committees, about what action Congress could take to regulate how Facebook uses user data.

Blockbuster Plans To Close 1 Store In Alaska, Taking Total Number Down To 5

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

A Blockbuster store in North Pole, Alaska is set to close in April. Alaska is home to most of the Blockbuster stores in the U.S. due to slow internet speeds, but foot traffic has been on the decline.

Insurgents In Nigeria Release Most Of 101 Schoolgirls Abducted Last Month

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

In a surprising move, extremists in northeastern Nigeria returned most of the 101 girls schoolgirls abducted a month ago. Their return came with a warning: no more school. Five girls reportedly died in the kidnapping and at least one girl remains captive.

As Steel And Aluminum Tariffs Take Effect, WH Considers Trade Sanctions On China

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

It's a big week for trade policy as new steel and aluminum tariffs take effect and the White House mulls tariffs on a wide range of exports from China.

Will Facebook's Cambridge Analytica Scandal Actually Cause Users To Delete The App?

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

News about how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data has sparked the hashtag #DeleteFacebook. But past research has shown users are often apathetic about privacy settings. NPR's Michel Martin talks with University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan about whether this is a watershed moment for Facebook users.

Senate Intelligence Committee Recommends More Security For Midterms, Not How To Fund It

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

The Senate intelligence committee met Wednesday to review its recommendations about improving election security ahead of the 2018 midterms. Senators recommend more funding and IT support, but there is no consensus about how much or how to pay for it.

'Seize This Moment': Doug Jones Tackles Gun Control In First Senate Speech

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:47

The Alabama Democrat said recent student protests remind him of the civil rights movement. He called for tighter control of gun purchases and expressed respect for the Second Amendment.

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'He's Not A Psychopath,' Says Friend Of Austin Bombings Suspect

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:27

A friend of the suspect, Jeremiah Jensen, describes Conditt as shy, smart and thoughtful. "He was an intense person and could be hard to love but he was a person," he says.

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Mississippi Is Sending Its First Woman To Congress. Here's When Your State Did That

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:26

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi's first woman in Congress when she takes over for Sen. Thad Cochran, leaving Vermont as the only state that has never sent a woman to Capitol Hill.

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Federal Regulator Cites Baltimore Hospital After Patient Left At Bus Stop In Gown

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:14

The investigation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the hospital failed to protect the patient from "harassment and potential harm."

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In Oaxaca, Mexico, A Locally Made Soda Takes Aim At Coca-Cola's Supremacy

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:07

Oaxacan restaurants are offering diners an alternative to the ubiquitous Coke by selling Zega-Cola, an artisanal soda made in small batches nearby. Its maker hopes that will translate into local jobs.

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